Wednesday, July 27, 2011

NEWS LINKS | July 25-26-27, 2011

SBCTC NEWS LINKS | Articles about – and of interest to – Washington state community and technical colleges




Renton Technical College students win gold at national skills competition in Kansas City

Two Renton Technical College students won gold at the National Skills USA Competition and Leadership Conference in Kanas City, Mo., last month. Sergiu Midrigan, a student in major appliance and repair technology (MART), and Sean Johnson, a student in precision machining, each placed first in their program.

The Renton Reporter, July 21, 2011


Sparks fly in Yuba College at Weld-Ed

She's welded in Antarctica and inspected metal seams in South America, but when Sarah Patterson wanted to boost her teaching skills, she headed to Yuba College. A teacher at South Puget Sound Community College, she said that despite her many years of welding experience, she sometimes feels like an impostor…  One of the most encouraging components of the weeklong class, Patterson and Newell agreed, is women made up a third of the class. The welding industry is 93 percent male, but women's patience, rhythm and fine motor skills make them better in many areas. It's a job that takes hard work but pays well, and they hope the female instructors' students will realize they can break the cultural barriers.

Appeal Democrat (California), July 21, 2011


Participants rave about lean manufacturing training

… funded by the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC) through a state grant … The program, a unique 10-day mix of classroom and on-site customized training, featured four participating local manufacturers … and encompassed a number of topics including: lean manufacturing, computer skills, supervisory training, project management and ISO certification. Partnering with SWWDC on the consortium was Clark College, Lower Columbia College and Impact Washington, the state Manufacturing Extension Partnership agency

Vancouver Business Journal, July 22, 2011


Energy in education

[Advanced Products & Energy Concepts Conference at Clark College at Columbia Tech Center]

Vancouver Business Journal, July 22, 2011


Tax school, Clark College partner on training 

Columbian Business Today, July 22, 2011


SSCC's Dr. Yilin Sun chosen as Fulbright Scholar
South Seattle Community College just announced a prestigious honor for a faculty member: Dr. Yilin Sun, full-time tenured faculty in Basic & Transitional Studies, has been chosen as a Fulbright Senior Scholar for next academic year.

West Seattle Blog, July 22, 2011


Commentary: How I walked from the dirt road to college
However, I also felt optimistic about next fall at North Seattle Community College (NSCC). She was the first teacher that actually graded and corrected my assignment. A few months prior, I flunked the compass exam for South Seattle Community College because most of the test required knowledge of Algebra — something that Seattle Public Schools did not offer as a core class. I was not the only one who was struggling with the college entrance exam. My best friend Nhu and another friend also flunked the entrance test.

Northwest Asian Weekly, July 22, 2011


SVC outlines qualities it seeks in new president

Skagit Valley College is seeking a candidate who is passionate about the college’s mission, communicative, energetic and has a sense of humor.   Almost like an executive-level personals ad, the college has outlined the qualities it seeks in a new president to replace  Gary Tollefson ... A candidate must be able to foster a culture of community at the college, guide course offerings to respond to evolving demographics and economic needs, and support student and faculty engagement, the profile said.

Skagit Valley Herald, July 23, 2011

New Sequim winery opens tasting room

There, owner-winemaker David Volmut, who learned the craft in Eastern Washington at Yakima Valley Community College's viticulture and enology school in Grandview, will produce it Italian-style.

Peninsula Daily, July 24, 2011


WCC Receives Grant for Cyber Security Camps

Whatcom Community College has received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to train local high school students on cyber security. ... Linda Maier with WCC says the camps will bring 24 high-school students to Whatcom for a six-month information security training program.
KGMI-AM, July 25, 2011


College students more likely to fail online

Researchers at Teachers College at Columbia University arrived at their conclusion after analyzed the records of 51,017 students at Washington's community and technical colleges. Stephanie Carlson, of Kenmore, Wash., was one of those students. She took a couple of online courses through Cascadia Community College in 2009, but she was nervous about them after her first experience with distance learning a few years earlier at Everett Community College: Melissa Ivarson received her Associate of Arts degree from North Seattle Community College by taking online courses. A new study found students who take courses on the web are more likely to fail and drop out than those who go to class in person. … Connie Broughton, interim director of eLearning at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, says schools are trying to make improvements for online students. In addition to an assessment students can take to gauge their readiness for distance learning, she says colleges are providing more training and support for instructors. 

KPLU News, July 25, 2011


BMW/SGL outlines future

The plant manager of BMW/SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers' Moses Lake plant aims to match production of the world's carbon fiber market. … He commented how the Moses Lake workers picked the skills up so quickly. They did much better here than where he came from in the Salt Lake area. Swanson said they've worked with Big Bend Community College to complete a lot of their training.

Columbia Basin Herald, July 25, 2011


Running Start students face tuition at CBC

Previously, Running Start students could take as many classes as they wanted at either, and the school districts and Columbia Basin College would get fully paid, said Bill Saraceno, CBC's vice president for administration. Now, students have to pick and choose -- or pay.

Tri-City Herald, July 27, 2011


Graduates from record-setting LCC class struggle to find jobs

Lower Columbia College has a strong recent record of placing its students in jobs. The college tracks the percentage of its graduates that land jobs, but that data isn’t calculated until nine months after graduation. For 2009-10, the school reported 81 percent of its professional or technical program graduates had found employment within nine months. Statewide, community and technical colleges placed 74 percent of graduates in jobs in 2009-10. … Instructors of the college’s most popular professional programs, such as nursing and welding, have mixed reports of how the local job market is treating their students this summer. For welding graduates, "the students that want work are finding work," said instructor Randy Byrum..  …  LCC nursing department chairwoman Tamara Norton said this summer’s job market has been especially tough. Norton, who also works as a nurse at St. John, said one reason there are so few jobs is that current nurses are staying employed longer, hoping to save up more money for retirement.

Longview Daily News, July 24, 2011





A One-Man Band Runs a Small College’s Web Site and Marketing

Jay Walterreit’s official title is director of public information and marketing at Alpena Community College. But that doesn’t describe the half of it. Mr. Walterreit is the only person at Alpena responsible for government relations, media relations, marketing, branding, the Web site, and social media. In his spare time, he puts together the Michigan college’s course catalog for its 2,000 students.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 20, 2011


Does Performance Funding Work?

Study finds little impact of state formulas that tie colleges' funds to outcomes -- but asserts that expanded programs might work.

Inside Higher Ed, July 25, 2011

Education Doesn't Yield Better Jobs for Undocumented Youth

Inside Higher Ed, July 26, 2011



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